I’ve been thinking a lot about the Women’s March these past few days. I regret that I did not participate in one. I purposely took a break from any sort of news leading up to the inauguration, so while I was of course aware of the D.C. March taking place, I actually was not aware of all the sister marches taking place, and realized a little too late that two of them happened to be within a thirty minute drive from my house. Facepalm.
I followed as much news and social media last Saturday as possible, feeling buoyed and positive for the first time in a few months. I really have no adequate words for how inspiring it was to see such a thing. I’ve been searching out first-hand accounts and articles and ran across this excellent blog post. Kind women versus nice girls. Like the vast majority of GenX females, I was most assuredly socialized to be a nice girl – from every corner of my life. And you know what? Being nice sucks. Putting yourself last, managing all the egos around you, worrying what perfect strangers think of you, and the list goes on and on. It’s no way to go through life.
The Women’s March crystallized, for me personally at least, that this world doesn’t improve from any of us being nice. Progress occurs when we are kind. When we stand up for ourselves and those being disenfranchised. When we don’t hide our basic needs to save another from feeling uncomfortable. When we are badass and awesome.
Oh, and to be clear, no longer being nice doesn’t mean every female in your life turns into an insufferable bitch. It doesn’t mean we are thin-skinned and butthurt over the smallest little things. It just means we stand up for what’s right. We embody empathy, and tell the truth, even when it hurts. Badass Kind Women.
A spicy cocktail seemed apropos for this writing. This drink is upfront and in your face, while being incredibly delicious and fun. Plus, the title is appropriate, as I feel a bit naked writing this personal post! You need to use Cholula for it, no other hot sauce will do. If you have to go out and buy it just to make this cocktail, I’m confident you’ll be so happy to have discovered it. Fairly new on the food trend scene, it’s gaining well-deserved traction, and perhaps is on its way to being a classic. Then again, look at Sriracha. Post is not sponsored in any way, I buy my own Cholula! Enjoy!
Source: Brooklyn Bar Bites by Barbara Scott-Goodman
¼ oz. grenadine
¼ oz. Cholula
½ oz. fresh orange juice
½ oz. fresh lime juice
1 ½ oz. tequila blanco
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the grenadine, Cholula, orange and lime juices, and tequila. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve.
As written, makes 1 drink.